Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Earl Flormata - A previous life

Once upon a time, I was a techie. Sprawling across the worlds of both IT and coding was my territory, and dealing with heavies like NASA, The Pentagon, US DOJ, Nintendo and a few Major Banks was a normal day in the life of me.

It's neat to look back at my previous role and my previous employer to see how things are going in their neck of the woods. I was there since the days of Seagate Software, Crystal Decisions, Business Objects, but left before the industry consolidated the major business intelligence firms and the merger to SAP occurred.

Business Objects was one of the places where I developed my first set of public presentations, the chance that gave me a taste of public speaking at developer conferences, and the opportunity to take a running leap at leading my first software company.

Now as I sit thinking about my own boardroom table where my business partners handle the mergers and acquisitions portion of my businesses, it's funny how life has changed for me. Although I'll be forever grateful for the lessons learned and life lived before - it's an interesting thought to be playing my own game instead of being a piece on someone else's chess board. With a fond memory of having nerf guns being a normal part of my office space, countless computers and fellow geeks surrounding me, I do look forward to rebuilding my company and growing it to the next level. I encourage all of my old co-workers to try playing Robert Kiyosaki's cash flow 101 game - check out cashflowbc.ca or meetup.com to find other people to play with so that you all get the chance to see what I saw, and perhaps I'll see a few of you on the entrepreneurial path. Until we meet again.

Thanks for reading,
Earl Flormata

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